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"HOW'S TRICKS?"

New York Times, Sunday, August 25, 2019

Language in which "dd" and "ff" are treated as single letters of the alphabet

Author:
Matt Ginsberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 49 for Mr. Ginsberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Matt Ginsberg is a computer scientist and co-founder of Connected Signals, a technology company in Eugene, Ore. He received his doctorate in mathematics at Oxford in 1980 at age 24. In the ... read more
Matt Ginsberg notes:
There's not a whole lot of history here; I think I was watching "Now You See Me" on TV when the idea for the theme came to me. Will changed sort of the usual number of clues; the only one ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
NOW YOU SEE ME / NOW YOU DON'T = phrases where ME is added / other phrases where ME disappears. Wait, what? C is the thing that appears and disappears? Huh. We'll C about that. Elegant ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times8/25/19 ( No. 25,492 )
Across
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Literally, "commander" : AMIR
5
Sights at Zion National Park : MESAS
10
Didn't sink, say : SWAM
14
Miles away : AFAR
18
Where to find big bucks? : RODEO
20
Jack who co-starred with Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dictator" : OAKIE
21
Tepid greeting : OHHI
22
Title film villain whose first name is Julius : DRNO
23
When you can ice skate outside? : ANYCOLDTIME
25
Poker player in the Old West after being caught with a card up his sleeve? : DEADCHEAT
27
Checks' counterparts : BALANCES
28
Lamb offering : ESSAY
30
"Whew baby!" : SHEESH
31
"The Wizard of Oz" co-star : LAHR
32
"Let's shake on it" : DEAL
33
Edwin with the 1970 #1 hit "War" : STARR
34
Fling : HURL
37
Not for : ANTI
39
Language in which "dd" and "ff" are treated as single letters of the alphabet : WELSH
42
Interprets : READS
45
___ glance : ATA
46
Like the motion of the ocean : TIDAL
47
Curse : SWEARAT
49
One going for big bucks? : DOE
50
Bad pun? : WINCEMAKER
53
French greeting : SALUT
54
Pea picker-upper : TINE
55
___ bottle (topological curiosity) : KLEIN
56
Site of one of the 12 labors of Hercules : NEMEA
58
Manual part of an early printing press? : PAGECRANK
60
Cellar problem : SEEPAGE
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Work with planes, maybe : MATH
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Typically : ASARULE
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"Westworld" airer : HBO
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"The ___ of Christ" (classic work in Florence's Uffizi Gallery) : BAPTISM
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Dull-witted sloth in "Ice Age" : SID
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Profession since the Bronze Age : SMELTER
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Leo, for example : SIGN
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Jerry, to Tom, in cartoons : NEMESIS
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Need for parents who weren't expecting twins? : SPARECRIB
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One-named singer with the catchphrase "cuchi-cuchi" : CHARO
81
Like some riyals : SAUDI
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Barristers' wear : WIGS
83
Surfer wannabe : HODAD
85
Rookeries? : CROWHOUSES
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Singer Grande, to fans : ARI
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Portuguese wine : MADEIRA
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"___, Macduff" (phrase from Shakespeare) : LAYON
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Consumes : HAS
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City that becomes another city if you change both its vowels to A's : TEMPE
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Perfume part : ESTER
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Japanese noodle : UDON
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Suspiciously flattering, say : OILY
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Emulated an Argonaut : OARED
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"Stat" : ASAP
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Red letters? : USSR
103
Like a sonnet, in a way : IAMBIC
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Chronicler of Troy : HOMER
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Emmy-nominated actor for "Westworld" : EDHARRIS
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Toothpaste aisle? : CRESTAREA
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Illusionist's phrase illustrated by seven Across answers in this puzzle? : NOWYOUSEEME
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Informal negation : AINT
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Pout : SULK
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Wan : ASHEN
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Famed orange troublemaker : ERNIE
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D.C. nine : NATS
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Brings up, say : HEMS
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___ of all : LEAST
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Location of Cassius, who "has a lean and hungry look" : YOND
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Steed for a sheik : ARAB
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"___ Lisa" : MONA
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Rustic poem : IDYL
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Bad news from Detroit : RECALL
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Queen Margrethe II, e.g.? : MODERNDANE
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Din-din : EATS
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It's après "après" : SKI
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Grammy-winning songwriter Mann : AIMEE
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School boards? : SEESAWS
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Many a mixer : SODA
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Fare for Little Miss Muffet : WHEY
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Nice crossword experience : AHA
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Thick (of) : MIDST
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Stick : ADHERE
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Arrangement in which you buy three tires but get a whole set? : FREERADIAL
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Anecdotal collections : ANAS
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Retirement account option, informally : ROTH
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"Game of Thrones" actress Chaplin : OONA
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Foreign-language toast : LCHAIM
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Astrologist's reference : CHART
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Tons : SLEWS
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Pickle : DILEMMA
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"Dunno" gestures : SHRUGS
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Warmongers : HAWKS
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Of use : UTILE
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Mumbai royal : RANEE
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Opinion, informally : TAKE
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Ballerina's cabriole, e.g. : LEAP
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Peace, in the Mideast : SALAAM
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Poet who wrote "To His Mistress Going to Bed" : DONNE
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Run for, as office : SEEK
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Not ridiculous, as an argument : TENABLE
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Order before "Fall out!" : ATEASE
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0 0 0 : CIPHERS
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Gleans : REAPS
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P.M. who took office in 2015 : TRUDEAU
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Brain area, jocularly : ATTIC
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Ivy League newspaper name : CRIMSON
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Trick question : GOTCHA
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It's hard to hit : HIGHC
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Big-circulation magazine originally titled So You're Going to Be Married : BRIDES
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Get all tangled : SNARLUP
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Feature destroyed in the 2019 Notre Dame fire : SPIRE
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Visit to baby Jesus? : MAGIMOMENT
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Gradually diminished : ERODED
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Illusionist's phrase illustrated by three Down answers in this puzzle? : NOWYOUDONT
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___ bar : SUSHI
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Perfect : IDEAL
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Actress Spacek : SISSY
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Big smack : SWAT
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Lure : BAIT
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Pike : ROAD
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An alarm may interrupt it : DREAM
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Where Tokyo is : HONSHU
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Scout's honor : MERIT
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Perennial London football powerhouse : ARSENAL
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Some inexpensive brews : PABSTS
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Model of the solar system : ORRERY
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PayPal money and the like : ECASH
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Stood : AROSE
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Onetime MS. accompanier : SASE
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Volunteer's words : ICAN
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Donizetti's "Pour mon âme," e.g. : ARIA
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Lead : HELM
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Symbols of might : OAKS
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Blinkers : EYES
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Major city bisected by I-80 : RENO
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Opposite of "Too rich for my blood" : IMIN
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Farmer's purchase : SEED
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French way : RUE
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"Huh?" : WHA

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle.

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